Haunted House Release Date Revealed Just In Time For Spooky Season

Published: September 18, 2023 9:03 AM /


The player character and a ghost in the titular spooky house in Atari's Haunted Mansion

Atari has announced a Haunted House release date, meaning you'll be able to play the upcoming roguelite retro revival just in time for spooky season.

Per a press release, Haunted House launches across PC and consoles on October 12th. It's coming to the retrotastic Atari VCS as well.

The new version of Haunted House is developed by Retro Machina outfit Orbit Studio, and it's a reimagining of the original classic, which Atari calls "the first ever survival horror game". Hmm.

Unlike the 1982 version, the new game will feature roguelite elements, and it'll also place an emphasis on "stealth and precise strategy". Suffice it to say Orbit's Haunted House will be more complex than the original.

You'll take control of Lyn Graves (because of course) as she searches for her treasure hunter uncle Zachary.

Naturally, her search takes her to the titular haunted mansion, but Lyn's friends are also quickly swept up into the mansion's spooky architecture, meaning she'll have to save them as well.

Each run rearranges the floor layout and enemy placement of the mansion, and as you play, you'll unlock new characters, each of whom has different abilities to help you explore and avoid enemies.

There's not much combat to speak of; Orbit and Atari say this element of the game has been "de-emphasized", so you'll need to rely on stealth, traps, and items to dodge enemy attention and make progress.

Unlike Atari's Recharged series, which largely remains true to its original titles' arcade gameplay, Haunted House is a full reimagining of the premise.

This means that while some aspects might seem familiar if you're a fan of the 80s game, there should still be plenty of new ghoulish delights to discover.

Haunted House launches for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Atari VCS on October 12th.


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